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Scientists at the British Geological Survey were alerted by their automatic earthquake location software 10 minutes after the earthquake struck Haiti. The seismic waves from the earthquake took 10 minutes to reach their seismic monitoring …


A overview of a William Smith geological map
How did the son of a blacksmith produce the world's first geological map? The 2009 BGS Christmas Lecture will tell the story of this 19th century pioneering geologist at the headquarters of the modern-day British Geological Survey - with mince pies too!


Discover if you live on rocks from an extinct volcano, in the middle of an ancient river or deep under a Caribbean-like sea teeming with exotic creatures. This is now possible with the British Geological Survey s (BGS) release of …


Photograph of Professor Jon Gluyas
Jon Gluyas, Professor in Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and Geo-Energy at Durham University, has been appointed chairman of the British Geological Survey (BGS) Board. Professor Gluyas will take over this role from the current chairman Derek …


BGS stores over 15,000 borehole, vibrocore, gravitycore and grab samples
The British Geological Survey (BGS) has been the custodian of the UK Continental Shelf core and records collections at Gilmerton (Edinburgh) for a number of years on behalf of the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and predecessor …


Archive Awareness at BGS in Keyworth, Nottingham in 2008
The British Geological Survey (BGS) at Keyworth, Nottingham will be running free guided tours of its National Archive holdings on Saturday 5th December 2009. This event is in support of the national Archive Awareness Campaign 2009 and the BGS …


Ancaster stone from Ancaster, Lincolnshire was used to build Wollaton Hall, Nottingham
Historic buildings in Britain are increasingly at risk from damage due to the effects of climate change and a lack of suitable building stone for conservation, repair and new build. The work of the British Geological Survey (BGS) on building …


Young visitors examining fossils during a previous Open Day at Murchison House, Edinburgh.
The British Geological Survey's Edinburgh Headquarters, Murchison House, is opening its doors to the public from 10.00 to 17.00 on Saturday 26th September as part of Edinburgh's ''Doors Open Day''. Amongst the exhibits, demonstrations and …


BGS stores over 15,000 borehole, vibrocore, gravitycore and grab samples
The British Geological Survey (BGS) is hoping to consolidate all of its onshore and offshore cores at one site. It will provide a first-class National Geoscience Data Centre (NDGC) that will be located at the geological survey headquarters in …


Power station
Teams of young scientists and engineers will compete in an environmental science challenge (Energy Resources and Land Use Conflict) from the 6th to the 8th of July 2009 at the British Geological Survey, Nottingham.


Sixth form students reporting on the 'Quarry or Not?' public inquiry
Minerals are essential materials needed to build our homes, schools, hospitals and work places; and the minerals industry is an important part of the UK economy. So how do you balance economic necessity with environmental protection?


Photograph of the William Smith Building
The largest wooden-framed open plan office building in the UK will be opened by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal on 25th June 2009 at the British Geological Survey (BGS) in Keyworth, Nottingham. The William Smith Building is the newest …


BGS scientists take to the skies in a De Havilland Twin Otter aircraft.
Scientists take to the skies to study the geology and environment of Anglesey and north west Gwynedd.


Scottish Highland road
A renowned network of walking trails in the US and Canada could soon cross the Atlantic to include Scotland. The British Geological Survey (BGS) and Lochaber Geopark will host council members from the International Appalachian Trail (IAT) on a …


Water overflow due to flooding
Jonathan Porritt will be a key speaker at the UK Groundwater Forum conference at the Natural History Museum, London on 14th May 2009. This is the tenth annual meeting of the Forum, allowing water companies, regulators and researchers to debate …


Borehole drilling
On 29 April 2009, John Ludden, Executive Director of the British Geological Survey (BGS) and Marie-Claude Dupuis, Director-General of the French National Radioactive Waste Management Agency (ANDRA), signed a Memorandum of Understanding at …


Ulverston Memoir
Cumbria was struck by a magnitude 3.7 earthquake today at 1022 UTC (11:22 BST). Detailed analysis by the British Geological Survey shows that the epicentre was 5km southeast of Ulverston in south Cumbria.


UK School Seismology Project logo
Scottish school children will be able to measure world earthquakes in their classrooms thanks to the British Geological Survey (BGS). On Wednesday 1 April the Scottish launch of the School Seismology Project will take place at Our Dynamic Earth …


CO2GeoNet logo
Europe now has a scientific authority on CO2 storage. CO2GeoNet, Europe's Network of Excellence working on the geological storage of carbon dioxide (CO2), will meet in Venice on 18-20th March 2009 to present highlights from five years of …


School children enjoying an Open Day at BGS
Gold, dinosaurs, earthquakes, volcanoes, time travel - we have it all! School children find that learning how the earth works can be fun in a dramatic, hands-on event at the British Geological Survey. To mark National Science & Engineering …


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